Speaker Quotes From The Official Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl Team Announcement & Welcome

LAS VEGAS - Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
Official Team Announcement & Welcome
Press Conference Quotes

Held at ESPN Zone in the New York-New York Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 7, 2006

Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson:
''It has been a real pleasure, speaking on behalf of the Mountain West Conference, to be involved for the eighth consecutive year with the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. We have enjoyed the great growth and been fortunate to see people in the stands that for the first time in the history of the bowl that it was sold out before the teams were even announced.''

''This is an intriguing matchup. There are a lot of wonderful storylines. Both teams involved in arch-rival opponent games that came down to the last play of the game to end their season.''

BYU Athletics Director Tom Holmoe:
''We are grateful to be invited to be the Mountain West Conference representative to the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. We were fortunate enough last year to also be the Mountain West representative and we had a great game against the University of California. It was a wonderful week.''

''To be back again this year is something that we are grateful for and we planned on it. The Mountain West Conference had its first selection go to the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl and we planned on that being the game we wanted to be in.''

''I am grateful to Bronco Mendenhall, our head coach. He and his assistants have worked very hard this past year to get back to this bowl game and to help re-establish the tradition of BYU football and be ranked in the top 20 and have the opportunity to be higher at the end of this year.''

BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall:
''It is good to be back in Las Vegas and to participate in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. It was a wonderful experience last year and we were treated first class every step of the way.''

''I would like to acknowledge our fans. I believe the game was sold out prior to the teams were announced because of the excitement of the BYU fans who follow us anywhere.''

''I would like to congratulate coach Bellotti on a fantastic season and a wonderful career. I played against him as a player at Oregon State a long time ago and the job he has done at the University of Oregon, not only one year but over time, is phenomenal and is something I would like to emulate.''

''We are excited to play the University of Oregon. We are also excited to be on a national stage, on a Thursday night, in a full stadium, against a great opponent. That wonderful experience will be a highlight for the student-athletes on both sides.''

BYU Senior Linebacker Cameron Jensen:
''It is great to be back. We had a great time last year and it is great to be back. I would also like to congratulate Oregon on a successful season. I have watched them a couple times and also watched a lot of film and they are a well coached team and as a defensive player we know we have our hands full.''

University of Oregon Senior Associate Athletic Director Mike Marlow:
''We look forward to the opportunity to bring a little more green to Las Vegas starting on the 18th of December and for four-and-a-half days really fully integrating ourselves in the Las Vegas community.''

''It is very obvious that this community has embraced this bowl game and turned it into one of the finest bowl games in the Western United States.''

University of Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti:
''This is a tremendous bowl at a tremendous venue. I think that the great thing about it is if you are not in the national championship you play in a great bowl game and are home for Christmas.''

''I want to congratulate Bronco and his players for the season that they have had, undefeated conference champions and coach of the year. That is a tremendous job. Our games against BYU in the past have been memorable experiences.''

''We have had, what I would call, an up-and-down season. Through it all our players have persevered and have done a great job. We have played some of the best football in Oregon's history and probably some of the worst in Oregon's history.''

''When we were here in 1997 it was a very memorable experience. One that our players, our fans and our families truly enjoyed and I think the same thing will occur this year.''

University of Oregon Senior Center Enoka Lucas:
''I am very excited. We walked around Las Vegas and the atmosphere about being here is wonderful. The hospitality and everything that people have provided for us has been great. We play a good team. BYU is a tough opponent.''